Jerk spice is a recipe that hails from Jamaica from back in the 17th century. African slaves who escaped into the wild of the island created this flavor combination by using what was growing naturally around them. Jerk is a spicy flavor bomb that is normally added to pork or chicken, but can be just as good on vegetables if you are vegetarian or vegan! Make it is also super easy, so there’s no excuse not to try it!
The main ingredients for jerk are scotch bonnet peppers, which are very similar to habanero peppers. They are spicy and taste slightly fruity and sweet, which goes well with Carribean cooking. If you can’t find scotch bonnet peppers, you can replace them with habanero.
- Dice 3 scotch bonnet peppers, 4 cloves of garlic, and 2 onions.
- Put all of them into a food processor along with 1 tablespoon of thyme and allspice, 1/2 tablespoon of nutmeg, ginger, and brown sugar, along with the juice of 1 lime, 100ml of white vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
- Process everything together until it’s a smooth paste.
- Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.
- Spread on your favorite meat or vegetables, allow it marinate for at least a couple of hours, and cook!